NEW DISCIPLINARY AND LJA RULES FOR COMMENT
August 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
The MSB is asking for comments on some fairly sweeping proposed changes to the disciplinary rules. You can click on this link to comment.
Unfortunately, you will need to read paragraph by paragraph, comparing your current rules, because there is no redline/italicized version. For that reason, I haven’t had the time to go through the changes and digest them for us here.
The Bar is also asking for your comments on a proposed rule setting up a separate Lawyers and Judges Assistance (LJA) committee. You can click on this link to get to it. This change is part of an ongoing effort to differentiate and separate the LJA function from the disciplinary function. Historically, some lawyers have been reluctant to submit to LJA intervention because it was linked to the disciplinary process, and they were concerned that they were placing their license in jeopardy. The new arrangement focuses on help to resolve self-destructive behaviors.
As always, I encourage you to offer your constructive comments. It’s your profession.